Grand Haven woman gets 300 days in jail for drunk driving

Becky Vargo • Jan 22, 2019 at 11:00 AM

A Grand Haven woman was ordered to serve 300 days in jail for a third-offense drunken driving charge when she was sentenced Monday in Ottawa County Circuit Court.

Jennifer M. Edmondson, 42, was given credit for 199 days already served in jail.

Judge Jon Hulsing said that Edmondson could be released to in-patient treatment as soon as a bed was available.

Edmondson — who was supported by a large contingent of family, friends and mentors during Monday’s hearing — apologized in court.

“I have hurt so many people,” she said.

Hulsing told her she needed to stop beating herself up and walk forward.

The judge sentenced her to 270 days in jail for a probation violation and 300 days for the most recent drunken driving conviction. She was also ordered to perform 60 days of community service and pay a $500 fine. Her vehicle was ordered immobilized.

Edmondson’s most recent drunken driving incident occurred July 29, 2018, in Grand Haven. A blood test revealed that her blood alcohol level was 0.179 during the arrest.

She was awaiting sentencing on a prior third-offense drunken driving charge at the time, officials noted. Her previous drunken driving conviction was from a Feb. 7, 2017, incident in Wright Township.

Edmondson faced up to five years in prison on the charge. The minimum jail sentence she faced was 30 days.

Her guilty plea on Dec. 3, 2018, was entered in exchange for prosecutors dismissing a driving on a suspended license charge. She would also not be charged as a habitual offender.

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